Best Wishes from the Western Section AUA

The sun is setting on we're sharing some announcements & highlights of the year before we set sail to new horizons....but first and foremost we wish you more than ever good health. Secondly, prosperity. And thirdly, a NEW YEAR of hope and NEW possibilities.

A Look Back at Kauai..View all Session Recordings

Kauai Meeting 2022

This was a real biggie...bigger than anyone expected! The 98th Annual Meeting held at the Grand Hyatt Kauai concluded on November 4, 2022. Total registered attendance included 515 urologists, 114 Advance Practice Provider / Allied health pros, 134 Spouse/Guest, and over 200 exhibitors. The feedback and evaluations indicate strong satisfaction and enjoyment as well high levels of engagement in all sessions and events.

For those who participated, we thank you for being with us at this meeting! For those who could not, session videos are now available for viewing.

*If asked, please use invite code: surgewest22

We had lots of requests for Mark Painter's Slides - click here

Among the many after session get-togethers was the first time Women of the WSAUA Networking Reception which was very well attended and featured a short talk. Organizer, Polina Reyblat, MD, stated the goal was to share ideas and increase participation among women. Mission accomplished!

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WS President, Dr. Christopher Porter (L), presents the Outstanding Service Award to Dr. Robert Carlile for his service as Arrangements Chair 2022 Annual Meeting Kauai. This was no ordinary meeting! Thank you all who helped made it happen - including the Spouse Hospitality volunteers!

WS Secretary and Program Director, Dr. Sia Daneshmand (L) presents award for Miley B. Wesson Resident Contest Winner 1ST PLACE: Kevin Wymer, MD, Mayo Clinic Arizona

Congratulations Kauai Meeting Award Winners

Essay Award Winners

Miley B. Wesson Resident Contest Winners

  • 1ST PLACE: Kevin Wymer, MD, Mayo Clinic Arizona
  • 2ND PLACE: Meera R. Chappidi. MD. MPH, UC San Francisco
  • 3RD PLACE: Alireza Ghoreifi, MD, Univ. of Southern Calif.

Joseph F. McCarthy Physician Essay Contest Winners

  • 1ST PLACE: Maurice M. Garcia, MD, MAS, Cedars-Sinai Medical Ctr.
  • 2ND PLACE: Gwen M Grimsby, MD, Phoenix Children's Hospital 3RD
  • PLACE: Shannon M. Smith, MD, MPH, Cedars-Sinai Medical Ctr.

History Essay Contest Winners

  • 1ST PLACE: Shreeya Popat, MD, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health
  • 2ND PLACE: Ryan P. Bram, MD, MS, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • 3RD PLACE: Leigh H. Martin, MA, Oregon Health & Sciences Univ.

Health Policy Contest Winners

  • Anthony Middleton Grand Prize Poster Award: Xavier C Cortez BS, UC San Francisco
  • Jeffrey Kaufman Grand Prize Essay Award: Kai Dallas, MD, City of Hope National Medical Center




  • Grand Prize: #30 – Alireza Ghoreifi, MD
  • 2ND PLACE: #85 – Nancy Ye, MD
  • 3RD PLACE: #6 – Nikola Teslovich, MD

Best of Session Winners


Session 1 - Prostate Cancer

  • 1st Place:   #6 – Nikola Teslovich, MD
  • 2nd Place: #4 – Kevin Shee, MD, PhD
  • 3rd Place: #17 – Rose Leu, MD


Session 2 - Bladder Cancer / Calculi

  • 1st Place:  #30 – Alireza Ghoreifi, MD
  • 2nd Place: #34 – Simone Vernez, MD
  • 3rd Place: #47 – Rei Unno, MD, PhD


Session 3 - Incont., Sexual Med, Pediatric Urology

  • 1st Place:    #85 – Nancy Ye, MD
  • 2nd Place:  #93 – Aditya Gupta, MD
  • 3rd Place:   #108 – YuDing Wang, MD, Msc


Unmoderated Poster Winners

  • 1st Place:    #78 – Natalie Liu, MS
  • 2nd Place:  #171 – Phillip Kim, MD
  • 3rd Place:   #180 – Alexis Wang, MD

Round Table Program Awards


  • Henry Hadley Award: #319 – Joel Gelman, MD
  • Bodner Stegemann Award: #332 – Kanha Shete, MD


Special Report:

WSAUA 2022

Health Policy Survey Results

Click here to see the report


Recommended watching: Health Policy Forum - watch now

WS President, Dr. Christopher Porter (R), presents the 2022 Distinguished Member Award to Dr. Peter Carroll in Kauai.

Congratulations Dr. Carroll..!

Outstanding Faculty at the Residents Program in Kauai - Pictured above are Dr. Jonathan Perley, MD, Jesse Mills, MD, Polina Reyblat, MD, Kymora Scotland MD

The Western Section Welcomes 79 New Members for 2022

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WSAUA Election Results, 2022-2023 Leadership


Harcharan Gill, M.D.


Christopher Kane, M.D.

Immediate Past President

Christopher Porter, M.D.


Sia Daneshmand, M.D.


Blake Hamilton, M.D.


Scott Swanson, M.D.

AUA Representative

Eric Zeidman, M.D.

Dr. John Prince -

A Man of Many Hats

Dr. Porter (L) presents Dr. Prince (past-president 1998) a service award plaque in Kauai for his many years of service as WS Historian - in addition to many other roles and duties he has colorfully undertaken with alacrity. Thank you Dr. Prince!

Video Library Launched in 2022

The Western Section AUA Learning Center launched in 2022 provides a personalized, convenient online experience to access content that will help you grow your skills and progress in your career. Online course collections cover a wide range of topics and will be added throughout each year.

Check it out - click here

Congratulations to Dr. Seth Cohen on the excellent, well-attended Young Urologist Program & Reception. What could be better than fun learning and good cheer in the evening. Program topics & speakers were great too!

Congratulations to Charlene Chow, PA at Stanford Healthcare for her appointment as Chair of the WS Advance Practice Provider / Allied Program - her first program being in Kauai with stellar attendance, excellent speakers and great feedback.

Happy scratch card winner in Exhibit Hall almost hits jackpot!

Ultrasound Course was a Big Hit in Kauai!

Congratulations Course Faculty:

  • Roger L. Sur, M.D. (UC San Diego)-Chair
  • Thomas Chi, M.D. (UC San Francisco)
  • Justin Ahn, MD (UC San Francisco)
  • Mathew Sorensen, MD (Univ. of WA)

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As we bid farewell to 2022, we wish all Western Section members success in every avenue of life filled with good cheer in 2023. We are very humbled by and grateful for the creativity, passion, and energy of our Western Section Members and Leaders whose support and dedication make our Section so incredibly vibrant and strong.

We Look Forward to Welcoming

you to Lake Tahoe!

99th Annual Meeting

Resort at Squaw Creek

October 1-5, 2023

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Abstract Deadline: June 11, 2023

Pictured left: 2023 President Harchi Gill, MD and wife Nitay in Lake Tahoe

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